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Vernon athlete Shanda Hill closes in on completing Double Deca

Shanda Hill is on her way to completing one of her most intense races. Here she is in the U.S.A Ultra Triathlon Quintuple Anvil race that's the equivalent of five Ironman races.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Shanda Hill
October 30, 2019 - 10:12 AM

Vernon powerhouse athlete Shanda Hill is getting closer to becoming the first Canadian to complete a Double Deca — a race that's the equivalent of 20 Ironmans in a row.

As of this morning, Oct. 30, Hill entered her 25th day of competition, having already swum 76 kilometres, biked 3,600 km and run 697 km. She has only 147 km left to run over the next couple of days to complete her goal. 

The race is being closely watched by her friends and fans at home and it appears to be fuelling her.

"I spoke with her on the phone tonight and I read her some of your comments and she cried because she can't believe how many of you are supporting her. Thank you all so much, it really means a lot," said one of her Facebook page administrators in a post on Oct. 29.

Although Hill is expected to finish her race ahead of schedule, she's had some challenges. 

So far she's had a case of food poisoning and it was discovered she has a nerve ending exposed in one of her toes, the latter causing a great deal of pain.

There are only eight athletes in the world who will are on course to complete this race, four of them being women.

In 2017 Shanda Hill was ranked No. 1 in female Ultra Athletes in the world by the IUTA. She made an IUTA confirmed World Record as the first female to ever complete two Decas (10x Triathlons) in a year. In August 2017, in Buchs, Switzerland, she came in 2nd female overall. Hill then went on to complete a second Deca 2 months later in October 2017 at León, Mexico, where she placed 1st for females overall.

Canadians interested in following Shanda’s progress can do so on the official Shanda Hill Ultra Athlete Facebook page here and more information about the IUTA is on their website here.

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